Those of you who still blindly use Facebook and Foursquare, please read this article and act accordingly.
From the end of the article:
Girls Around Me isn’t an app you should use to pick up girls, or guys for that matter. This is an app you should download to teach the people you care about that privacy issues are real, that social networks like Facebook and Foursquare expose you and the ones you love, and that if you do not know exactly how much you are sharing, you are as easily preyed upon as if you were naked. I can think of no better way to get a person to realize that they should understand their Facebook privacy settings then pulling out this app.
That’s why I hope you’ll go download Girls Around Me on your iPhone or iPad. It’s free to download. Show it to someone. Give them the same demo I gave to my friends. Then, when they ask how it’s done and how they can prevent an app like Girls Around Me from tracking them, educate them about privacy.
Here’s a good place to start.
Update: In response to this story, Foursquare has killed Girls Around Me’s API access to their data, effectively knocking the app out of commission. For more details and a statement from Foursquare,read here.
Update 2: As of Saturday evening, Girls Around Me has been yanked from the iOS App Store.
Update 3: Girls Around Me developer i-Free has released a full statement on the app, in which they say they’ve done nothing wrong and been made a scapegoat for privacy issues. You can read their response — and ours — here.
Update 4: Think this issue’s dead now that Girls Around Me has been killed? It’s not at all. In fact, it’svery possible Girls Around Me could come back with its core functionality intact.
Update 5: We’ve written a guide on cutting apps like Foursquare and Facebook off from tracking your data. Read it here.
Update 6: Girls Around Me’s developer gave Cult of Mac an interview, in which they said that the app wasn’t for stalking girls without their knowledge, but for avoiding women who are ugly.
Just a reminder that no matter how convoluted, twisted and confusing the privacy settings are on an application or service you should try and go through it all. Because the stark reality is that there will always be someone who will make use of that data … legally or otherwise.
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